[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Williamson as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Right to Farm
[Adopted 5-11-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
The Town Board of the Town of Williamson finds that farming is an essential activity within the town. Farming, as defined herein, reinforces the special quality of life enjoyed by citizens and provides the visual benefit of open space and social well-being within the community. Therefore, the Town Board emphasizes to newcomers that it encourages its agriculture and requests newcomers to be understanding of the necessary day-to-day operation.
It is the general purpose and intent of this article to maintain and preserve the rural tradition and character of the town, to permit the continuation of agricultural practices, to protect the existence and operation of farms and to encourage the initiative and expansion of farms and agricultural businesses. For the purpose of reducing future conflicts between farmers and nonfarmers, it is necessary for notice to be given to future neighbors about the nature of agricultural practices.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES
- Those activities necessary and incident to lawfully conducted farming operations involving the raising of agricultural products, livestock, poultry or dairy products. It shall exclude the raising of fur-bearing animals and the raising of livestock and poultry exclusively for sale and slaughter and fed principally with products bought in the open market.
Subject to the provisions and limitations otherwise set forth in Chapter 178, Zoning, farmers, as well as those employed, retained or otherwise authorized to act on behalf of farmers, may lawfully engage in agricultural practices within the town at any and all such times and all such locations as are reasonably necessary to conduct the business of farming. For any activity or operation, in determining the reasonableness of the time, place and methodology of such operation, due weight and consideration shall be given to both traditional customs and procedures in the farming industry as well as to advances resulting from increased knowledge and improved technologies.
The following notice shall be included in building permits and on plats of subdivisions submitted for approval pursuant to § 276 of the Town Law:
This property may border a farm, as defined in § 178-5 of the Williamson Town Code. Residents should be aware that farmers may undertake farm practices that generate dust, odor, smoke, noise and vibration, application of agricultural chemicals and the use of farm/labor camps.